One Way to Rule Them All?

What is your preferred way of looking at the world? Of assessing it? Of discriminating between various options and choosing your course of action? Not easy questions, no easy answers. Unless there is one Way to rule them all. But is there? Photo by Alex Kalinin on Unsplash Having read a discussion between two philosophers …

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Spreading the Word: Creativity is Vitality

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a TED talk. For me, it was really inspiring, and I fully agree with the relevance of the idea that our creativity is not just something nice and fluffy to play around with when we happen to have some free time. No - our creativity …

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Xenophanes from Colophon – a Pre-Socratic Greek Philosopher (ca. 540 BCE)

In my last article on the exploration of the historical context of the time around 130 years before Socrates, we discovered the events of roughly 50 years of the 6th century BCE. It was the time when most known philosophical activity of the Greeks was still taking place in their Ionian city-states, on the coast …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophy vs Democracy (and what Socrates thought about it)

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a short video. It is a provocative invitation to assess our uncritical value of democracy as the ultimate good. To what extent is it good, really? I found it interesting that both crucial achievements of Ancient Greeks - philosophy and democracy - were far from …

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Wisdom in Botanical Garden

Last weekend I had a chance to go on a short trip to the beautiful city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For those of you who have never been there and who love relaxed atmosphere, good coffee, wine, food, beautiful nature, calm and welcoming people - then definitely visit Slovenia. Of course, whenever the …

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Spreading the Word: Our Last Universal Common Ancestor – LUCA

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a video. It is a fascinating story exploring the origins of... well, of all of us and all life around us! Who was our last universal common ancestor? Lovingly nicknamed Luca. After many years of research, we have gained some interesting insights on what was …

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130 Years Before Socrates: Historical Exploration (Part 1 – Persians Conquer Ionia)

Last week I wrote an introduction article giving an overview of the historical ground we will cover in the roughly 130 years leading up to the famous Greek philosopher Socrates. This post is the first part of our journey. We will visit the Asian side of Greek city-states (Asia Minor): the Ionian region where, so …

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Spreading the Word: Collapse of Civilizations at the End of Bronze Age

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a podcast episode. It is a 1 hour long video where the channel author tells about one of the great mysteries of history: sudden collapse of entire civilizations and systems of the Eastern Mediterranean region in the late 13th/early 12th centuries BCE. It is the …

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130 Years Before Socrates: Historical Exploration (Introduction)

Pre-Socratics in the history of philosophy are a group of Greek thinkers who lived and contemplated the nature of reality before the great Master of Western philosophy (a bit like Yoda from Star Wars), Socrates, was born. By the way, he was born in Athens in 469 BCE. Despite his monumental role, Socrates was not …

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Spreading the Word: the International Online Philosophy and Music Festival

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you a link to an international festival of ideas and music that takes place online this year, on 19th and 20th September. It is the first time they do it fully in a digital format, and it is all going to be live! The festival is …

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